Police nab 5 drug suspects, two slain

Police anti-narcotics operatives nabbed on Monday (Sept. 27) afternoon five illegal drug suspects in separate drug stings in Albay and Camarines Sur, a police report said.


The drug buy-bust yielded several sachets of suspected shabu (crystal meth) according to Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, the Bicol police spokesperson.


In Naga City, Gary De Lima, 30, businessman, and Marvin Moreno, 27, both of Barangay Mabolo, who are included in the list of High-Value Target (HVT), were caught selling shabu at around 1:18 PM in the same village.


Several hours later, police operatives nabbed Allan Lanuzga, 46, No. 8 HVT in the city, while selling a sachet of shabu to an undercover agent in a drug operation at the Olaño compound in Barangay Abella at around 7:50 PM.


In Tabaco City, Albay province, Lionel Colina alias Linard Ciruales, 34 of Barangay Mariroc, was arrested in an drug operation in Barangay Basud, at around 4:36 PM.


While in Polangui town, police operatives collared John Lloyd Alpapara, 20, of Barangay Sugcad. He was caught in possession of two sachets of shabu at around 7:10 PM in the same village.


Calubaquib said all the arrested suspects were taken to the police custodial facility while waiting for the filing of charges for possession and selling of illegal drugs under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.


In a related development, two alleged illegal drug suspects died on Saturday (Sept. 25) afternoon in a shootout with police operatives in a checkpoint in Jose Panganiban town in Camarines Norte, Calubaquib said.


She said police operatives recovered from the slain suspects P576,000 worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth).


She identified the slain illegal drug suspects as Paciano Bandola III 31, of Pili, Camarines Sur and his relative, Reynaldo Robin Bandola, 29, of Project 4, Quezon City.


The police report said the two suspects riding on a motorcycle were flagged down at a police checkpoint at around 12:15 PM in Barangay Calero of said town.


Sensing that they would be searched at the police checkpoint, the suspects sped up, pulled their handguns, and fired at the police manning the checkpoint, which prompted a pursuit operation.


The chase resulted in a shootout between the suspects and police where the suspects died on the spot.


Recovered from the dead suspects were 120 grams of shabu, a .45 caliber handgun, 9MM submachine gun, bullets, spent bullet shells, a motorcycle, and helmets.


The bodies of the slain suspect were taken to the town’s rural health unit for postmortem examination.